Palomar Observer Information
Applying for Palomar Time
Observing at Palomar begins with the semi-annual calls for telescope time proposals issued by the various Palomar constituencies:
The COO Proposal Solicitation link has Caltech-specific information on the Palomar proposal process, but some of this information may be of interest to astronomers from other constituencies as well. In particular we call your attention to the Caltech Target of Opportunity Observing (ToO) page (including both TOO policy and ToO log), and the Caltech Large Project proposals. Caltech proposals are also solicited for a limited percentage of time on the 60-inch telescope (P60) and Samuel Oschin 48-inch Telescope (P48).
Samuel Oschin Schmidt Telescope equipped with the Palomar Transient Factory wide-field camera system. The daily observing schedule for all telescopes is set based on the institutional allocations made after proposal review.
Palomar Observer Travel
Observers coming to Palomar may want to review these
Palomar Observer Travel resources.
Palomar Telescope/Instrumentation Resources
P200 Telescope Schedules/Instrument Settings
The Lead Observer (LO) identified for each P200 night is the single contact point for all scheduling and logistical matters associated with the observing run. If no distinct LO is designated, the program Principal Investigator serves as LO. Please see the on-line P200 Observing Schedule if you have questions about the LO-designation for an upcoming run.
LOs are responsible for identifying instrument settings at least two weeks before an observing run. Instrument settings (aka Palomar "green sheets") for instruments such as DBSP are defined through the on-line reservation form.
Software & Observing Resources
Please see our Palomar Software Resources page for information on observation planning, observing, and data reduction software resources.
Additional Support Questions
Any other observing/astronomer support questions should be sent to the P200 Support Astronomer group.
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